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BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE COUNTY OF HAWAII that it <br />strongly urges the Office of the Mayor to increase capacity and funding for the Hawaii Fire <br />Department, in order to enhance its ability to prevent, mitigate, and respond to wildfires and <br />other emergencies. <br />BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Office of the Mayor allocate funding and assist <br />with securing grants for wildfire prevention, to support the development of comprehensive <br />mitigation strategies such as improving forest and watershed health, and enhancing community <br />preparedness. <br />BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that adequate funding for firefighter training, <br />apparatus, equipment and facilities maintenance be provided in Hawaii County's annual budgets <br />to ensure that HFD is equipped to carry out its mission effectively. <br />BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that an assessment of the volunteer fire department's <br />effectiveness and sustainability be completed, with a subsequent recommendation regarding the <br />program's feasibility and future. <br />BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the County Clerk shall transmit copies of this <br />resolution to the Honorable Mayor Mitchell D. Roth, the Managing Director, the Director of the <br />Department of Finance, the Chief of the Hawaii Fire Department, the Director of the <br />Department of Research and Development, members of the Hawaii County Fire Commission, <br />and the President of the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association. <br />Dated at <br />Hawaii, this day of , 20 <br />INTRODUCED BY: <br />COUNCIL MEMBER, COUNTY OF HAWAII <br />COUNTY COUNCIL <br />County of Hawaii <br />Hilo, Hawaii <br />I hereby certify that the foregoing RESOLUTION was by <br />the vote indicated to the right hereof adopted by the COUNCIL of the <br />County of Hawaii on <br />ATTEST: <br />COUNTY CLERK CHAIRPERSON & PRESIDING OFFICER <br />2 <br />ROLL CALL VOTE <br />AYES NOES ABS EX <br />EVANS <br />GALIMBA <br />INABA <br />KAGIWADA <br />KANEALI`I-KLEINFELDER <br />KIERKIEWICZ <br />KIMBALL <br />LEE LOY <br />VILLEGAS <br />Reference: C-565/GOEAC <br />RESOLUTION NO. 333 23 <br />